Four university students have held an event promoting careers in public relations and communications to their classmates, at a jointly sponsored Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Grampian Public Relations Group (GPRG) event in Aberdeen.
The students, all from Robert Gordon University (Lauren Strachan and Nicola Cameron, CIPR student representatives; and Zoe Barbour and Titilayomi Fakorede, GPRG student representatives) organised and managed the successful event held at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on Wednesday 4 May.
The CIPR and GPRG ‘Careers in Communication’ event brought together 60 students studying the HND, undergraduate and postgraduate communication and media courses at Aberdeen College and Robert Gordon University, as well as over 15 young practitioners and top employers in the Aberdeen and Grampian region to network and gain tips and advice about the PR and communications industry in Scotland.
The three and a half hour event covered many different sectors of the PR and communications industry, from in-house corporate communications to consultancy PR, and crisis communications to charitable PR. Guest speakers included Behind the Spin Editor Richard Bailey, Neil Jones CIPR Scotland Representative, Jilly Powell Communications Manager for Petrofac Offshore Engineering and Operations, and many other local professionals from companies such as The Big Partnership, CLAN, and Fifth Ring.
One student complimented the event and said: “a very well organised and enjoyable event, and the presentations were altogether interesting, informative and inspiring.”
Overall the session achieved a high level of student engagement and involvement. The innovative use of interactive workshops and the inclusion of a networking session allowed the students to interact with local professionals and in make some contacts. One attendee commended the networking opportunity, saying: “The networking session was something different but highly beneficial. It’s not one of my strong points so I welcomed the opportunity to progress in this.”
News story written by Lauren Strachan, studying MSc Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen